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DEA Head Criticizes Obama For Telling The Truth About Marijuana – Forbes

DEA Head Criticizes Obama For Telling The Truth About Marijuana – Forbes

For Leonhart to describe Obama’s statement as unscientific is pretty rich. Like all of her predecessors, Leonhart has steadfastly refused to reclassify marijuana, which for no rational reason remains on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, a category supposedly reserved for drugs with a high potential for abuse that have no accepted medical applications and cannot be used safely, even under medical supervision.

In response to questions from Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) in 2012, Leonhart famously declined to say whether marijuana was more or less dangerous than crack, heroin, or methamphetamine (which is actually less restricted), repeating the mantra that “all illegal drugs are bad.” Mmmkay?

Addendum: The Marijuana Policy Project MPP is urging Obama to

fire Leonhart.

Dan Riffle, MPP’s director of Federal Policies, says: Whether Ms. Leonhart is ignorant of the facts or intentionally disregarding them, she is clearly unfit for her current position.

By any objective measure, marijuana is less harmful than alcohol to the consumer and society. It is irresponsible and unacceptable for a government official charged with enforcing our drug laws to deny the facts surrounding the nation’s two most popular recreational drugs.

The DEA administrator’s continued refusal to recognize marijuana’s relative safety compared to alcohol and other drugs flies in the face of the president’s commitment to prioritizing science over ideology and politics. She is neglecting the basic obligations of her job and fundamentally undermining her employer’s mission.

This would be grounds for termination in the private sector, and the consequences for Ms. Leonhart should be no different.

via DEA Head Criticizes Obama For Telling The Truth About Marijuana - Forbes.

When Weed Grew Wild in Williamsburg – WNYC

When Weed Grew Wild in Williamsburg - WNYC.

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 11:38 AM


By John Passmore

Remember when New York City was covered in weed? Well it turns out that even as the city oversaw historic removal efforts in the 1950s, there were already some in government urging swift legislative reform.

Marijuana IPOs Risk Class-Action Lawsuits – MainStreet

Marijuana IPOs Risk Class-Action Lawsuits – MainStreet

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Colorado Green Tours is currently a private company in Denver with possible designs for an IPO.

"Going public is not at the forefront of our mind, but its a possibility," said Peter Johnson, founder of the travel agency. "Theres so much stuff going on right now."

"To go public, a marijuana company is going to need to demonstrate a broad, scalable and legal marijuana market in perpetuity," said Britton. "We are a long way from that in pot distribution. A laundry list of macro-unknowns, such as price stability, black market competition and regulatory complexity, may add up to too much risk for many public investors."

--Written by Juliette Fairley for MainStreet

via Marijuana IPOs Risk Class-Action Lawsuits - MainStreet.

New Banking Rules For Recreational Marijuana Shops

Jan 23 (Reuters) - U.S. treasury and law enforcement  agencies will soon issue regulations opening banking services to  state-sanctioned marijuana businesses even though cannabis  remains classified an illegal narcotic under federal law,  Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday.

Pot collective operating on church property in City Heights – San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 –

Pot collective operating on church property in City Heights – San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 –

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A local medical marijuana dispensary will soon be shutting its doors after CBS News 8 received a tip that the collective was not only operating without a city permit, but was also renting office space on church property.

For the past three months, the Green Urban medical marijuana dispensary has been open for business at 3054 Fairmount Avenue in City Heights.

In fact, the city of San Diego has not issued any permits to medical marijuana collectives because there is no planning ordinance in place to regulate such businesses.

"God created this whole earth with all the seed-bearing plants and he looked upon it and said, ‘It's all good,'"

said the pastor.

"If it alleviates the suffering; if you've ever seen anybody in late stage cancer; if that's a product that alleviates the suffering, we're all for that," he said.

via Pot collective operating on church property in City Heights - San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 -

related: The collective's web site,

Cannabis activists aim for 2014 – San Diego 6

Cannabis activists aim for 2014 – San Diego 6

Created: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 06:02:00 PST

Updated: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:24:52 PST

One effort, the California Cannabis Hemp Initiative, is gathering signatures now. Organizers need 500,000 signatures by February to qualify for the ballot.

"Using marijuana like a vitamin or a supplement is actually preventing a problem," said Letitia Pepper. Pepper uses medical marijuana to help relieve symptoms of multiple sclerosis and is helping organize the campaign.

"There are studies that show this helps people before they get sick.

That's why I'm in favor of legalization so everybody can use marijuana," she said.

via Cannabis activists aim for 2014 - San Diego 6.

HFN editor's note: this is one of four initiatives, folks. Much of this one, (CCHI) being led by Dave Hodges of San Jose, looks good to us. However,

the requirement for a recreational herb vendor to have already had a medical marijuana "dispensary", to qualify for selling, is bogus in the extreme.

This means folks like Dave, who own 2 collectives in San Jose, Ca, will corner the market. Not that Dave doesn't "deserve" the right to sell cannabis as recreational material, its that ANYONE should be able to, with a level playing field, as in a free market place, a la John Adams, y'all.

"On this day" from the good folks at

1525 – The Anabaptist Movement was born when founders Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, and George Blaurock re-baptized each other and other followers in Zürich, Switzerland, believing that the Christian religious practice of infant baptism is invalid because a child cannot commit to a religious faith

1997 – The U.S. House of Representatives voted 395–28 to reprimand Newt Gingrich for ethics violations, making him the first Speaker of the House to be so disciplined


No Corporate Memory? Short Term Memory Loss? What IS It With New Berliners Then?

No Corporate Memory? Short Term Memory Loss? What IS It With New Berliners Then?

Nine Thirty Six Garnet

October 2, 2014 update

same old same old..... still open!

May 2014 update @ the old website
 (updated 5/3/2014)

Located in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of New Berlin (San Diego, to the uninformed), has yet another herb shop, Planet Greens.

  • Who is the landlord?
  • How is this landlord connected to the previous TWO "mmj" dispensaries to occupy his (their?) building?
  • What happened to Randy Welty, the first guy who ran an herb shop (Green Earth Herbal Collective), not raided on 9 9 2009, (when 14 others were). The guy who stayed open for many months afterwards? The fellow who along with Agent Beresh, ran some sort of "patient groups" (aka Marijuana Merchants Assoc.).
  • What happened to the second group (Garnet Greens), to make millions of dollars, at this location, recently "raided" by the feds. Where is the follow-up, in the main stream media, or even the marginally free press outlets (CityBeat, SD Reader et al).
  • Who is opening the new shop, announced on today? How are they able to do so, in plain site, the city attorney, Todd Gloria, and Bonnie Dumanis notwithstanding.
  • Why are some landlords given passes, (like this one, and the landlord at 841 Turquoise), who then re-lease their "hot" property as if nothing happened? Where is the DOJ on this? Where did the money go?

Stay Tuned, we are on the job!

the Herb Folks Nation


January 18, 2014 Dateline Pacific Beach, New Berlin, CA

Feds allow Planet Greens, 24 hour marijuana dispensary

incredibly talking out of both sides of their mouths, the city of San Diego (now known as New Berlin to many) has allowed another herb shop to open in same location as the ONE THE FEDS RAIDED and SIEZED on Dec 18, 2013, one month ago!

Just the other day we have this quote:  "In fact, the city of

San Diego has not issued any permits to medical marijuana collectives

because there is no planning ordinance in place to regulate such businesses.

coming out of this garrison town as a small church based group is attempting to provide cannabis as medicine, in Tienamen By Mission Bay.

The county's relationship with the DEA is getting downright weird, and even stranger is the lack of reporting on it by anyone but the Herb Folks.

What do you think about that, herb lovers! Is it good news, or something sinister? Its not equal application of the law as the 14th Amendment to the U.S. (again, federal) Constitution allows for..

"Planet Greens"? Really!

Local cannabis stores caught in the no-zone

By              Eleanor Yang Su Union Tribune
12:04 a.m. May 26, 2010


The city of San Diego has issued zoning violation notices to 14 dispensaries:

• Victory 215 Inc., 1025 W. Laurel St. (business subsequently closed)

• Horizon Collective, 1012 Prospect St.

• San Diego Medical Collective, 1233 Camino del Rio S.

• Grass of Earth, 2738 Creekside Village Square (business subsequently closed)

• Green Crop Co-op, 6957 El Cajon Blvd., Suites 106-09

• Nuggetry, 6334 University Ave.

• We the People Collective, 7200 El Cajon Blvd.

• Pacific Beach Collective, 929-39 Turquoise St.

• Made Fresh Daily Collective, 350 11th Ave.

• Earth Medical Collective Inc., 7933 Balboa Ave.

• High Tide Caregivers Cooperative, 6902 La Jolla Blvd.

• San Diego Organic Collective Inc., 2731 Shelter Island Drive

• Green Earth Herbal Collective, 936 Garnet Ave.

• Top Quality Collective, 7990 Dagget St.

SOURCE: City of San Diego



I like weed, and I’m a good person –

I like weed, and I’m a good person –
By Jareen Imam, CNN
updated 11:32 AM EST, Thu January 16, 2014

Everyone needs a hobby, right? Recreational marijuana users told us it makes them feel more relaxed and creative.

CNN -- Lighting up a freshly packed pipe is just the kind of afternoon delight iReporter robcat20 likes after dealing with a stressful day at work as an insurance agent. Usually hell put on a movie from Netflix while enjoying a good smoke from Stella, his pipe.

Theres just one a problem: Smoking marijuana is illegal in his state of Ohio.Robcat20, who asked not to be identified by name because he fears being "labeled as a bad person" in his small town, says its time that changed.

via I like weed, and Im a good person -

Seriously, folks, herb is the least harmful (and most beneficial) of all "drugs". The most dangerous thing about this simple plant are the laws against it; the harm comes from jailing, not from the plant. The government is the problem.

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